Two Elves whimsical spot illustration by Joana Miranda

I just put the finishing touches on the final pages of illustrations in my 2nd Moleskine Art Sketchbook last night. So, before I get busy filling up my brand new Moleskine sketchbook, I thought you might enjoy seeing my latest Moleskine Sketchbook Tour.

Moleskine Sketchbook Tour

Some behind-the-scenes facts…

  • It took me longer – about 3 months longer, to be exact – to fill this second sketchbook. (You can see the illustrations from the first sketchbook here.)
  • A handful of these illustrations are a lot more detailed.
  • You can now find a collection of prints of my favorites from this sketchbook in my shop at Etsy.
  • All of the sketches in both notebooks were done freehand without any pencil underdrawings.
  • Towards the end of my Moleskine #2 sketchbook, I went back to drawing with Prismacolor permanent colored pencils.
  • Watercolor remains my preferred media for coloring.
  • I’ve learned that less is more when it comes to colors.
  • The sketchbooks have been my constant companion during this pandemic.
  • Drawing is a lot cheaper than therapy.
  • My hair was a LOT longer when I started my first Moleskine sketchbook. I prefer it shorter now.


I’m starting to get into the holiday spirit! My penultimate sketch from Moleskine #2 (see below) is full of holiday cheer. This year, instead of running around the city buying gifts and enjoying outings with friends – activities that are on hold for obvious reasons – I will be baking up a storm and decking our (tiny) halls in efforts to make our holiday season as cheery as possible. Of course, I also plan to add to the currently available collection of holiday cards in my shop at Etsy, too.


If you’re tired of communicating via phone, text or Zoom, you can change up the game by sending a free e-card from my ecard shop to all your favorite peeps!

Two Elves detail - from full illustration as seen in my second Moleskine Sketchbook tour.

XOX – Joana


    • Joana says:

      Thank you, Helen, for continually cheering me on and for keeping me supplied with funny memes and nice emails. 🙂
      xox – Joana

    • Joana says:

      Thank you, Maureen! There were definitely pages that had moments of struggle. But trying to make a finished illustration out of each page (or two page spread) is probably one of the things that’s taught me the most. Now, time to get cracking on the next volume…
      🙂 Joana

  1. Mm says:

    I like the micies. And the kitties (my puck is in there!!)
    And the musicians (especially maestro banging away)
    And YOU. XOXO

    • Joana says:

      Hi Mm,
      Maestro banging away is among my favorites in that sketchbook. But there are some good ones of YOU, too. More to come soon, I promise. 🙂
      xox – J

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